Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hello, my name is Marlene and I am setting up this fund for my step-father Joseph Mescall.

On February 27, 2016, life as we knew it was forever changed. This day began like any other day. Joe and his partner, both retired Chicago Police Officers, were going to the shooting range to qualify for their annual firearm permit when tragedy struck. As Joe proceeded to take his turn, he fell hyper-extending his neck. Paramedics were immediately called, and upon arrival they stabilized him. It was during this initial assessment that Joe said he was unable to move anything. He was transported to Silver Cross Hospital where further testing revealed his spinal cord was compressed. He was immediately transported to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood where a spinal decompression and cervical fusion were performed.

In spite of the efforts made by the entire medical team, the final news was devastating. The trauma caused by the accident severely damaged his spine resulting in paralysis from the neck down. Once stabilized, he was transferred to the Rehab Institute of Chicago where he underwent intense physical and occupational therapy.

On May 10th., Joe was finally able to come home, but not before structural modifications were made to the house to accommodate his every need. As you might have guessed, insurance didn't cover any of the cost for these modifications or for the handicapped accessible van needed to transport him to his various appointments. To make matters worse we also learned that a majority of the supplies needed to care for him on a daily basis are not covered either. As you can imagine the medical expenses are astronomical.

No matter if it was in his personal life or during his 33 years on the Chicago Police Force, Dad always had a huge smile and a helping hand for anyone in need.

Please help me show him that he has not been forgotten. I'm sure I speak for the entire family when I say that we will be forever grateful to all of you for any and all donations made towards this fundraiser.

Thank You!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


One can shatter ribs.  Pierce Lungs.  Penetrate organs.  Cause internal bleeding.  Trigger a heart attack.  Induce shock.  Create paralysis.  One bullet can end a police officer's life.  Or, it can hit their vest and do nothing.  Protect those who protect you.  Get behind the vest!!

Mark your calendars for the Sunday, September 11th Knights of Columbus "Get behind the Vest" Pancake Breakfast.A vest isn't bulletproof forever.  It wears out.  It breaks down.  It needs to be replaced every 5 years.  And just one bullet permanently damages a vest, making it unusable.  Chicago police officers are responsible for replacing their own vests.  At $500.00 or more per vest, in addition to other equipment and uniform expenses, the cost can quickly add up.  That's why we need your help.  Your donation ensures that every officer out there protecting you is protected.

Please support our police officers by attending the Sunday, September 11th Knights of Columbus "Get Behind the Vest" Pancake Breakfast held in Brennan Hall between 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM (noon).  For more information call Wayne Bunch at 773-586-9219.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The 100 Club of Chicago "LAUGH PATROL" Event, hosted by Tom Dreesen

One week from tonight, at the world famous Laugh Factory Chicago, the funniest cops in Chicago will compete for the title of Chicago's Funniest Police officer. Tickets are available now Make plans to join us on Monday, June 20th for this great event. All proceeds benefit the 100 Club of Chicago.

Friday, March 18, 2016


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Alsip
Address: 5000 W 127th St, Alsip, IL 60803
Phone:(708) 371-7300
Reservation Code: LEF

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


On 16 October 1996, Chicago Police Officer Jim Mullen was shot on duty while responding to a call of shots fired.  The bullet struck Jim in the face, rendering him a ventilator dependent quadriplegic. Nearly 20 years later, Jim has been nothing short of an  inspiration. He began his very own food company, Mullen Foods which makes Officer Mullen's Chicago's Finest Applesauce. With the sale of each jar of Officer Mullen's Applesauce, a portion is donated to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Jim has overcome so much adversity, with such strength, courage and grace- and that's only part of the amazing man he is today.  
Help us support the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation!
We are participating in the Run to Remember, which is a 5k Run/Walk held in memory of the more than 570 Chicago police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Why should you support the CPMF?
The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes by providing support and financial assistance to the families of Chicago Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Through your generous support, they serve the families of those who have served and protected Chicago’s citizens. The Foundation provides $60,000 to the family at the time of an officer’s death and continues to support the family by providing educational and tuition assistance for the officer’s children.